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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) poses during the NBA basketball team's Media Day, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Beal unvaccinated ahead of Wizards season: 'It's a fine line'

- The Washington Times

Beal said Monday that he's unvaccinated, repeating often-heard arguments to justify his decision to avoid the shots. The three-time All-Star's comments came during the Wizards' media day, with training camp set to begin Tuesday. The NBA season begins Oct. 19, with the Wizards set to tip off a day later against the Toronto Raptors.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts to a call during Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns Thursday, Jun 3, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) **FILE**

Wizards, as usual, left off NBA's Christmas showcase

- The Washington Times

The NBA released its annual five-game Christmas slate Tuesday for the upcoming season -- headlined by a marquee matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers. The day, unsurprisingly, leaves out the Washington Wizards -- who haven't played on Christmas since they took on the Celtics in 2017.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook poses for a photo with his jersey at an introductory NBA basketball news conference in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong) **FILE**

Westbrook eager to help James in Lakers homecoming

- Associated Press

After spending the last half-decade racking up spectacular numbers for teams with little chance of major success, Westbrook is joining the Lakers for his 14th NBA season. When the trade from the Wizards came together over the past week, the 32-year-old Westbrook said he repeatedly found himself at a loss for words.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Montrezl Harrell defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 119-112 in overtime. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Harrell arrives to Wizards unsure of role, but with perspective

- The Washington Times

After the Wizards acquired him in the Russell Westbrook deal, Harrell again lands on a roster that has two other legitimate centers: Daniel Gafford and Thomas Bryant. New coach Wes Unseld Jr. will have to balance minutes for a roster that's deeper than last year when Washington's three big man rotation surprisingly worked under Scott Brooks.

In this March 4, 2020, file photo, Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie looks to pass the ball during the team's NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in New York. The Washington Wizards have agreed to a $62 million, three-year deal with Dinwiddie, according to a person with knowledge of the agreement. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday, Aug. 4, because the deal had not been announced, said Dinwiddie is heading to the Wizards in a sign-and-trade. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) **FILE**

Dinwiddie feels 'love' from Beal and Wizards

- The Washington Times

For Dinwiddie, Beal's endorsement went a long way. Recovering from a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament, Dinwiddie said Monday he was excited to team up with Beal and the Wizards as he embraces a bigger role than he had in Brooklyn.

In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne speaks at a press conference where she was named the 2019 WNBA most valuable player in Washington. The WNBA champion Mystics say reigning MVP Elena Delle Donne is expected to be ready for the start of the season after undergoing back surgery. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File) **FILE**

Delle Donne received help from Westbrook on journey back to the court

- The Washington Times

The biggest help during her recovery? Former Wizards guard Russell Westbrook. Delle Donne said Westbrook would show up early to the gym -- even sometimes on his game days -- to help rebound for her barefoot, close-range shots. She said that helped when she was upset or "in my feelings."

Brooklyn Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie (8) looks to pass during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in New York. The Nets won 117-113. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Wizards acquire Spencer Dinwiddie in five-team deal

- The Washington Times

In a five-team deal, the Wizards acquired veteran Spencer Dinwiddie in a sign-and-a-trade, according to multiple reports -- days after the team sent Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers for Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell and a first-round pick.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts after he made a 3-point basket during the second half of the team's NBA basketball Eastern Conference play-in game against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  **FILE**

Wizards GM quashes Beal trade request rumors

- The Washington Times

Wizards General Manager Tommy Sheppard put an end Wednesday to the trade rumors floating around about the future of Bradley Beal's career in Washington, confirming that neither Beal nor his agent has asked for a trade.

Monumental Sports and Entertainment holds a garage sale featuring old merchandise at Capital One Arena, home of the Washington Capitals and Wizards. (Andy Kostka/The Washington Times)

For sale, Hinrich jersey, never worn: Capital One Arena cleans house

- The Washington Times

As the boxes and boxes of merchandise kept arriving at Capital One Arena, the scope of the task ahead of Jamal Jones became clear. Jones, the director of retail for Monumental Sports and Entertainment, was amazed at how much was hiding in storage here and there, gathering dust, almost forgotten.